With 571 parks and and a number of local nature reserves, Birmingham is a surprisingly green city, with more open public space than any other city of its size in Europe. You can use Birmingham City Council's Find a Park search to discover nearby parks - Cannon Hill Park is popular amongst students, with mini golf, a boating lake and the MAC theatre all within walking distance of Selly Oak.
Cannon Hill Park is attached to the Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park, home to animals such as red pandas, otters, lemurs, wallabies and monkeys, including animals at risk of extinction.
Heading out of the city, the Lickey Hills offer views across the city and into Worcestershire, or further still trains run directly from University to the world famous Malvern Hills.
Closer to home, our own campus grounds provide beautiful open spaces, whether you want to make use of the outdoor gym equipment at the Vale, or find a spot on the lawns to settle down with a book. The Green Heart Project will see the centre of campus transformed into a striking 12-acre parkland, with spaces for studying, relaxing, performances and socialising.
The Winterbourne House and Gardens are our very own botanical gardens right here on campus, and is free for students to visit. The garden is Grade II listed and is one of the best surviving examples of an Edwardian Arts and Crafts suburban villa garden in Birmingham.
Staying on campus, the Lapworth Museum of Geology, finalists for Museum of the Year 2017, houses one of the UK’s most outstanding rock, fossil and mineral collections, through a range of innovative and interactive exhibits – all completely free of charge.